Kylee Sparks

Kylee Sparks bats during a tournament game during her senior season for the Central High Lady Bronchos. Sparks was recently hired as the new head coach for Bray-Doyle High School and will lead the Lady Donkeys starting in fall 2022.

Recently hired Bray-Doyle Head Softball Coach Kylee Sparks is “super excited” about her upcoming position as she enters her first season in a coaching position. 

Sparks graduated from Central High School in 2018, where she played on both the varsity fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball teams. That same year, she was also chosen for the Small West All-State softball team. The Central High School softball team competed at the state level all four years of Sparks' high school career.

“I've played my whole life, from t-ball to high school, so I know how it goes,” Sparks said. “I can really relate to these girls. I'm not much older than them, so I think it will be lots of fun to teach and show them the game that I love, and for us to all grow alongside each other.” 

Though this is Sparks' first position as a head coach, she said she has done batting and catching lessons for several people in her life and feels confident in her ability to step into a leadership role.

“I know a lot about the game, and I can't wait to pass it on to all of these girls,” Sparks said.

As far as the goals she has for the softball program at Bray-Doyle, Sparks said she is more worried about building relationships and having fun than she is about winning. 

“Obviously, everybody wants to win. My goal is really just to go in there and start a strong program, make a good relationship with the girls, and to make sure everyone has fun. Then we can worry about winning,” she said. 

Marcus Knight, the Bray-Doyle co-athletic director, had nothing but good things to say about Sparks. 

“I think this is a great hire for Bray-Doyle. She seems like a very hard worker and is ready to get started, seems like a go-getter,” Knight said. “She wants to build a program, so I think she will fit in very nice with our staff.”

The Lady Donkeys will play their first game of the season at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Central High School, where Coach Sparks will return to where it all started for her – but now, she will be rooting for a different team. 

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